Heart Patients using pacemakers particularly of Abbott brand will have to visit their doctors for a software update to keep safe their pacemakers from vulnerabilities and tampering through the internet.
Smart Pacemakers with accessibility to mobile devices and other online systems are potentially vulnerable to online tampering. The attacker could possibly change pacemakers programmed settings, change the beats and rhythm of a device, drain device battery life.
The Food and Drug Administrator (FDA) has asked Abbott to release a patch for the vulnerabilities.
One of the official from FDA said “The FDA has reviewed information concerning potential cyber security vulnerabilities associated with St. Jude Medical’s RF-enabled implantable cardiac pacemakers and has confirmed that these vulnerabilities, if exploited, could allow an unauthorized user (i.e. someone other than the patient’s physician) to access a patient’s device using commercially available equipment,” He further added “This access could be used to modify programming commands to the implanted pacemaker, which could result in patient harm from rapid battery depletion or administration of inappropriate pacing,”
According to the FDA total of 465,000 pacemakers in the US are affected -- although it is unknown about the effect it had outside the United States.
There have been no reports of compromised pacemakers, but the threat is huge which has to be taken very seriously as it can be life threatening.
Recently Abbott sent a letter to doctors about the new update - a separate software need to be installed in a device which will work on radio frequency and devices which will try to connect with Merlin website has to get authenticated via Merlin@home transmitter, making the device more safe than the past.
The Seventh season of Game of Thrones- 'The Dragon and the Wolf' has not been easy for the HBO. There have been a series of Game of Thrones leaks-- everything from scripts to complete episodes. Now the hackers have leaked the plot of a final episode.
The hacking group, Mr. Smith was responsible for stealing 1.5 terabytes of data from HBO have now released the "sixth wave" of data dumps and the dumps contain how the show will end.
According to the reports of The Independent, “a detailed outline of every episode in season 7 include the finale, intended for internal use and dated April 2016 was posted on Reddit’s Game of Thrones spoilers-dedicated subreddit, Freefolk, apparently originating from the HBO hack”.
The leak has been a result of HBO's refusal to pay approximately $6.5 million worth of Bitcoin as a bribe to further stop any kind of hack.
HBO has issued a statement several times denying any kind of talk with the hacker.
"We are not in communication with the hacker and we're not going to comment every time a new piece of information is released. It has been widely reported that there was a cyber incident at HBO. The hacker may continue to drop bits and pieces of stolen information in an attempt to generate media attention. That’s a game we're not going to participate in."
However, The Mr Smith group said:
"By the way, we officially inform you and other hundred of reporters whom emailing us that we sold 'HBO IS FALLING's entire collection (5 TB!!!) to 3 customers in deep web and we earned half of requested ransom. We put a condition for our respected customers and they approved. We will leak many many waves of HBO's internal stuff to punish them for playing us and set an example of a greedy corporation.
Game of throne is over. Wait for major waves!!! RIP HB-Old"